Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum
Bata Shoe Museum. Shame the ruby slippers won’t fit me.

You don’t have to be Imelda Marcus or Carrie Bradshaw to love this museum. I defy anyone not to be fascinated by the permanent display of shoes through history supplemented by several special exhibitions. When we were there in April, these included Arctic footwear, the history of men in heels, fashion victims of the 19th century and footwear of the stars. The last two were my favourites and I was excited to see a signed pair of Roger Federer’s tennis shoes and some shoes worn by Jon Hamm in Mad Men. Sorry, blurry iPhone pics taken through glass.

The museum’s atrium featured an installation by Jim Hake called Pump It Up. The glass shoes catch the light and are inspired by cathedral windows. Beautiful!

This was the last morning we spent in Toronto before flying home – but it’s not the end of my posts. I’ve saved our one venture out of the city till the end: next time – Niagara!


  1. I only have to hear or see the word “shoes” and I’m right there. What an interesting collection they have. I also love the ruby slippers, but the glass shoes are just fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I missed this entry until now! I love Bata shoe museum and see they have added more which is great. I never thought I would like this museum but it is one of the best.


  3. This sounds like a fantastic museum. I like social history and it sounds like you got some here, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Niagara! I was there with my friend when I visited her in Boston. The highlight of my American holiday. Loved it. Can’t wait to see your pics ๐Ÿ™‚